The Football Effect

This 64m x 3m City in the Community mural shows how football empowers communities across the world

The Football Effect

In 2014, Junior City fans were invited to draw something that represented the positive change football had brought to their communities: the football effect. Outhouse, a group of artists based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, took inspiration from the pictures to design a 64 x 3 metre mural that now decorates the South edge of the Academy Stadium.

At the centre of the mural is the City Football Academy, which represents City’s ambition to be an engine and a catalyst for this football effect. Other scenes show football being played around the world – including places where City has Clubs and community projects – with night leagues, disabled football, girls football, roof top football, street football and more, showing how football can uplift and empower urban youth.

Visit City in the Community to find out more about City’s community work around the world.

" City in the Community has been my life saver. I lost my wife a year ago and I had nothing to do basically, and then I found out about Walking Football."

George Houghton, Walking Football